LASEK is an alternative type of laser eye surgery for patients who are not suitable for LASIK treatment
Some people aren't suitable for LASIK laser eye surgery, because they have high prescriptions or thin corneas, but there is an alternative option, called LASEK. This surgery can be further enhanced with iDesign, which allows treatment to be individually tailored to achieve optimum results.
Your initial, free consultation with us will determine the best surgical option for you.
On the day of your surgery, you'll be welcomed by your surgeon, who will go through the procedure with you and answer any questions you might have.
Your surgeon will review the 3D eye map which was created at your consultation. This identifies the flaws in your cornea and is unique to you, allowing your treatment to be completely personalised.
Anaesthetic drops are applied, so that you won't experience any discomfort when your surgeon proceeds with your treatment.
Your surgeon places an ultra-thin sheet on the eye. A diluted alcohol solution is then used to loosen the edges of the sheet, which is gently moved to one side to reveal the layer of cornea that will be treated by the laser.
The laser works in a matter of seconds, sending pulses of laser beams onto your cornea to reshape any imperfections.
Your surgeon may decide to reposition the outer layer of your cornea back into place and apply a protective contact lens on top. There's no need to disturb this contact lens, as it will be removed by your surgeon or optometrist a few days after surgery.
Patients feel a considerable, but typically manageable, level of pain which will subside through the course of the first few days after surgery. Your surgeon will recommend that you take a nap and keep your eyes away from strong light for the next 24 hours.
You'll attend an appointment the next day, so that your surgeon or optometrist can check that your recovery is progressing as it should. The protective contact lens can be removed after three to five days and most patients notice an improvement in their vision within a week.
Patients should attend one and three month check-ups and we also recommend that they attend an annual eye examination.
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